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Carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios in meteoritic organic matter: indicators of alteration processes on the parent asteroid

Sephton, M. A.; Verchovsky, Sasha and Wright, Ian (2004). Carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios in meteoritic organic matter: indicators of alteration processes on the parent asteroid. International Journal of Astrobiology, 3(3) pp. 221–227.

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Abstract

Macromolecular organic materials in chondrites display significant variations in carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes. In recent years, these variations have been interpreted as a record of aqueous and thermal processing on asteroids shortly after the birth of the Solar System. In this paper we review and summarize the key data and main interpretative approaches related to this study area. Armed with these methods we attempt to reinterpret the whole rock chondrite data set in the literature.





Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1473-5504
Keywords: alteration; chondrites; organic matter; stable isotopes
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 5386
Depositing User: Users 6044 not found.
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 05:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/5386
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